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So many of America’s top historical attractions are located right in New York City, which makes NYC a fantastic tourist destination. There are so many attractions here that you may find yourself having to plan more than one trip to see them all. If you can’t see everything you want to, make sure you see the most worthwhile attractions if you can. Even if the idea of playing tourist and seeing all the tourist spots seems overly cliche to you, there are a few spots in New York you will want to make an exception for, and we have the list. These spots are must-see attractions for all visitors.

1. Statue of Liberty

If you see no other attractions when you come to New York City for the first time, make sure you see the Statue of Liberty. Not only is the 151′ tall statue a sight to behold, it is also a very important piece of American history and incredibly symbolic. The statue was proposed by Edouard de Laboulaye, an important French abolitionist, designed by sculptor Frederic Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel in 1886. She stands tall on Liberty Island, with broken chains at her feet to commemorate the American Independence, as a symbol of freedom and a message of welcome to new immigrants sailing through the harbor. See it for yourself from the ferry for a truly inspirational experience.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Even if you don’t “get” art, The Met is worth a visit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited art galleries in all of the world, and the biggest art museum in the United States. There are over 2 million pieces in its permanent collection, including classic pieces and antique weapons, armor, and instruments. You can see works from Ancient Egypt as well as modern art exhibits. It’s like a fantastical walk through some of the greatest moments in human history. Not only are there incredible pieces and exhibits to see, but the architecture of the museum is also breathtaking. This museum is truly worth the visit.

3. Times Square

Times Square may seem like an odd choice for a “must-see,” but this spot should be top on your list of NYC attractions. Times Square, sometimes known as the Crossroads of the World, is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian crossings and an important hub for shopping and entertainment districts. Hundreds of thousands of people cross the square daily, making it a very important spot in the United States, and an attraction you must see on your visit to New York.

There are many other places, museums, building, etc. that could easily make this list, but we feel these three top the list because of their importance in American history, as well as to world tourism. Visiting these top three not only lets you experience important aspects of New York culture and living, but also connects you to world travel in a meaningful but entertaining way. Make sure these spots make it into your tourism plans and you’ll be glad you did.